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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Competitions

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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Competitions

Arizona State University
Arizona State University
March 4-9, 2020
— Competition Committee Chair
— Composition Competition Chair

All contestants (except for Composition Competition) must be current members of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) as of March 8, 2020. Applicants for the Composition Competition do not have to be NASA members if they are not a saxophonist.

Composition Competition Winner

Kevin Alexander Day (b 1996) is the winner of the 2020 NASA Composition Competition with his composition Unquiet Waters.

He is winning the Grand Prize of $1000 and his piece will be performed by Nicki Roman — winner of the 2018 NASA Collegiate Solo Competition, soprano saxophonist in the Fuego Quartet, and Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee — at the 2020 Biennial Conference at Arizona State University.

Kevin Day is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Composition degree at the University of Georgia. He studies with composer Peter Van Zandt Lane and conductor Cynthia Johnston Turner.

Congratulations, Kevin!

High School Solo Competition Winners

  • 1st Place — Sahil Mane
  • 2nd Place — Austin Shilling
  • 3rd Place — Thomas Tanner
  • Honorable Mention — Meagan Ballard

High School Jazz Competition Winners

  • 1st Place — Andrew Gioannetti, Alto Saxophone, Tucson, AZ
  • 2nd Place — Timothy Kohn, Alto Saxophone, Ann Arbor, MI
  • 3rd Place — Ian Cruz, Tenor Saxophone, Las Vegas, NV

Collegiate Solo Competition Winners

  • 1st Place — Salvador Flores
  • 2nd Place — Julian Velasco
  • 3rd Place — Landon Chang

Collegiate Jazz Competition Winners

  • 1st Place — Dan Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • 2nd Place — Rico Jones, Tenor Saxophone Manhattan School of Music
  • 3rd Place — Alain Sullivan, Tenor Saxophone, University of Michigan

Quartet Competition Winners

  • 1st Place — Versa Quartet
  • 2nd Place — Fuse
  • 3rd Place — helios_

Repertoire Lists

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact regarding the performance competitions or for the composition competition. Semi-Finalists and Finalists may view the repertoire lists for Hannah Creviston and Casey Dierlam Tse. Any additional choice repertoire involving a staff pianist will require approval from .

2020 NASA Competition Semifinalists

Jazz Competition

  • Gus Arnold, Alto Saxophone
  • Kirby Davis, Tenor Saxophone
  • Brandon Douthitt, Alto Saxophone
  • Peter Fucinaro, Tenor Saxophone
  • Will Glausi, Alto Saxophone
  • Patrick Hill, Alto Saxophone
  • Dan Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone
  • Rico Jones, Tenor Saxophone
  • William Nathman, Tenor Saxophone
  • Alain Sullivan, Tenor Saxophone

Collegiate Solo Competition

  • Allardyce, Jeffrey
  • Augustine, Scott
  • Bayard, David
  • Brown, Jamal
  • Chang, Landon
  • Connor, Joseph
  • Flores, Salvador
  • Forbes, Christopher
  • Ford, Brant
  • Fox, Matthew
  • Hart, Jonathan
  • Hong, Dylan
  • Kachur, Brian
  • Kleutgens, Philip
  • Koester, Matthew
  • Lilley, Charles
  • Miller, Sean
  • Schreck, David
  • Singh, Uday
  • Stine II, Robert
  • Velasco, Julian
  • Welp, Lindsey
  • Young, Tyler
  • Zhang, Jichen
  • Zheng, Eric

High School Solo Competition

  • Ballard, Meagan
  • Costello, Zachary
  • Hrinda, Matthew
  • Kato, Kyle
  • Leung, Darryl
  • Mane, Sahil
  • Mazumder, Arnav
  • Shilling, Austin
  • Simpson, Taylor
  • Thomas, Tanner
  • Viramontes, Josef
  • Wang, James

Quartet Competition

  • Cerulean Quartet — University of Michigan
  • Clap7 — Michigan State University
  • Codex Quartet — University of Oklahoma
  • Fuse — Northwestern University
  • Group 2 — Michigan State University
  • helĂ­os_ — Arizona State University
  • Helix Saxophone Quartet — Youngstown State University
  • Kairos Quartet — Central Michigan University
  • Kefi Quartet — Central Michigan University
  • Ma'at Quartet — Hartt School of Music
  • Pyrrhic Quartet — University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • Ragusa Quartet — Florida State University
  • Saros Quartet — University of Oklahoma
  • Scio Quartet — Eastman School of Music
  • Soma Quartet — Indiana University
  • Sycamore Quartet — Michigan State University
  • Telos Quartet — Eastman School of Music
  • Versa Quartet — University of Illinois
  • Wisteria — Northwestern University
  • Xenon Quartet — University of Oklahoma

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